One of the basic facts about our Nation, Nigeria, is the abundance of mineral and human resources. This means that we have what is needed to be among the greatest Nation in the World. However, events around the World have also shown that the abundance of human and mineral resources on their own do not translate to greatness of Nations. Nations can only be great if the people have the right education on how to positively harness the available resources for the development of their Nation.
This is the place of Education with the right curriculum. Mentoring also plays a vital role. These are the core values that the Nigerian University of Technology and Management have brought into play in the Nigerian Education Industry since its establishment in 2019. Let me also note that I am not surprised with the achievement rate of this University. That is, considering the pedigree of the founder, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah; and the Team of Academic and Non-Academic Staff of this University.
On behalf of the Government and the entire people of Ogun State, I congratulate the Nigerian Institute of Management and Technology on this graduation of the Second Cohort of the flagship Program, the NSP Scholars’ Program, Class of 2022. No doubt, this Program continues to produce another set of Eagles that we expect to fly above the storm. At this stage of our national development, we need these kinds of brains. Our development requires not just people who think outside the box but, in fact, people who think without the box. That is a sure way of making Nigeria greater and ensuring our competitive edge on the global scene.
Let me also congratulate today’s graduates on successfully completing the Scholars’ Program. You must appreciate the fact that this is a special program different from the normal academic routine. You are being prepared as the next set of Captains that will steer the ship of this great country. As you go out there, you must understand that this program places on your shoulder a greater responsibility toward the development of Nigeria in particular and humanity in general. Go out there, soar above the storm like the Eagles you are. We expect creativity and innovations from you that make Nigeria greater.
For us in Ogun State, we appreciate the import of education with the right curriculum to the continued development of our dear State and increasing the prosperity of the people. We believe that well-educated people provided with the right ambiance will contribute to the development of their society. That is why Education is a core Pillar in our “Building our Future Together” Agenda. In fact, to demonstrate our commitment to the development of the Education sector, we declared a state of emergency on the sector right at the inception of our Administration in May 2019.
Our approach is multi-dimensional. We continue to develop infrastructure. We also prioritized training and retraining of our Teaching and Non-Teaching corps. We re-invented the curriculum to meet present and changing needs. We also ensure adequate budgetary allocation. We digitalized several processes of our school administration and management. These are just a few amongst others. The results have been heart-warming. Several of our students continue to win laurels at National and International competitions. Our Higher Education Potentials (HEP) continue to increase. Our educational institutions continue to win different awards. And even yours truly, standing before you, won the award as the most Education-friendly Governor by the Association of Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), South-West; and the Parents Teachers Association, South-West. We are happy that there will be worthy inheritors of the future that we are building.
For us, we appreciate that these achievements are, on their own, a call to higher responsibility. We also appreciate that we do not possess all the funds or wherewithal to achieve all that we want. That is why we have made Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) a core enabler of our Development Agenda. Let me, therefore, use this opportunity to call for collaboration between the Nigeria University of Technology and Management and our various Educational Institutions in Ogun State. We are not just the Education Capital of Nigeria. We are worthy inheritors of a proud legacy in Education. We will welcome partnerships from individuals and organizations that will impact positively on our Education Sector, just like every other sector of our state’s economy. You will find us willing, ready, and worthy partners.
Once again, I congratulate the Nigerian Institute of Management and Technology on the graduation of the Second Cohort of the flagship Program (the NUTM Scholars’ Program, Class of 2022). I congratulate the graduands, and I congratulate all of us here present as witnesses to this success story. As I wish all of us a memorable event, I thank you all for listening, and God bless.